Michael Lee

Michael Lee

Music Theory/Composition
College of Performing Arts; Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music


Michael Lee is a composer with a background in composition, theory, post-tonal analysis, and aural skills pedagogy. He earned his D.M.A. in composition from the USC Thornton School of Music, M.M. from the Juilliard School, and his B.M. from the Eastman School of Music.

Recent performances with the Juventas New Music Ensemble, New Orleans Chamber Orchestra, Arapahoe Philharmonic, Loadbang Ensemble at Red Note Music Festival, Ensemble ARI, Lyris Quartet at Hear Now!, New York Virtuoso Singers, USC Thornton Edge, Albany Symphony, USC Thornton Symphony, Utah Arts Festival, Moravian Philharmonic Chamber Players, Serrenata String Quartet, Gamper Festival at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival Composers' Workshop, FUBiS Composition and Conducting Workshop, Juilliard Orchestra, European American Musical Alliance, ALEA III Contemporary Ensemble, Boston New Music Initiative, Indiana State University's MusicNow!, Chamber Music of Rochester, Kharkov Philharmonic, Oradea State Philharmonic, among others. His music has received recognition from the Baltimore Sun, Portland Herald Press, New York Chronicle, among others.

He is the recipient of the Charles Ives Scholarship from the Academy of Arts and Letters, USC Sadye J. Moss Composition Prize, Arthur Friedman Prize from the Juilliard Orchestra Composition Competition, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers’ Award, 1st prize winner of the New Orleans Chamber Orchestra/Spectri Sonori Competition, An Art Artistry’s International Competition, and the NACUSA Competition, the Howard Hanson Prize, Bernard Rogers Memorial Prize, among others. His most recent work, 2020: Danse Macabre for string trio, will be released with the Juventas Ensemble and Navona Records in 2023.

He currently lives in Los Angeles, CA and teaches at Chapman University.